Exposure Basics: Shooting in Manual Mode

January 20, 2021 - February 03, 2021

This class is taught online only. RMSP uses Zoom for online education. We limit enrollment in online courses to ensure there is time for students to ask questions. Time will not be spent learning Zoom in class so we recommend familiarizing yourself with the platform prior to starting class. Click here to download the Zoom app on your computer. A Meeting ID number and password will be emailed to all registered students before the first class session. If you have not received login instructions 24 hours before the first class session, please email online@rmsp.com.

Class sessions are live and are not recorded for later viewing. Please click "Schedule" for specific dates and times.

Learning photography starts here! This 3-session class is designed for photographers that already have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera and want to move beyond the auto mode. The emphasis of this class is all about understanding exposure and getting comfortable enough to start shooting in Manual.

Topics include:
  • What is exposure and how do we control it?
  • What makes for a good or bad exposure
  • How to read, understand, and use the histogram
  • Photographing with our camera in MANUAL mode
  • Understanding how the camera’s meter works and how to use it


This online class will meet on the following dates and at the following times:
  • Wednesday, January 20: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time - Zoom session
  • Wednesday, January 27: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time - Zoom session
  • Wednesday, February 3: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time - Zoom session


Headphones or earbuds are strongly recommended for the purpose of minimizing audio feedback during the online class sessions.

Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Online Course!

Cancellation Policy

For Online Courses, tuition will be refunded in full if you notify RMSP at least two business days (48 hours) before the course begins. If you notify RMSP fewer than two business days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP.

This course is FULL. If you would like to be placed on a wait-list, please call us at 800-394-7677.


Rob Gappert

Rob Gappert is a landscape and nature photographer. He grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota but now calls Missoula home. Rob enjoys the outdoors and has been shooting landscapes for the better part of 15 years. He loves to travel with his family and is a self-proclaimed “National Park Junkie”. Rob is a 2015 Summer Intensive graduate and loves to share his passion for the art.



Perks of Registering

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Subscription

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.

What Gear Do You Need?

Want a specific lens for a workshop? Need some extra gear for your next shoot? Renting gear from Lens Pro To Go allows you to try before you buy! Upon registering for a course, you will receive a discount code for 10% off your next rental.